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D/S Norse King
Updated Aug. 12-2010

To Norse King on the "Ships starting with N" page.

See also some details on Collision with Ferdinand Bol

Crew List has a picture of Norse King (external page).

Owner: A/S Norse King.
Manager: Odd Godager, Oslo
5701 gt, 8800 dwt.
Call Sign: LJTJ.

Built by J. F. Duthie & Co, Seattle, Washington in 1920. Previous name: West Mahwah until 1937.

Captain: Sigurd Kaarby. Captain at the time of loss was Lorentz Tvedt.

Related item on this website:
Warsailor Stories - Story about someone who sailed on Norse King for a while (Torleiv Sandseth - see also this external page).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Dec.-1942:  

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 13 Havana Dublin Apr. 7 Independent
May 7 Dublin Barry May 8 Independent
July 22 Barry Milford Haven July 23 Independent
July 24 Milford Haven Cape Verdes Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 12 Cape Verdes Montevideo Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 18 Montevideo Buenos Aires Sept. 19 Independent Compare w/Page 1
Sept. 19 Buenos Aires Rosario Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 30 Rosario Villa Constitucion Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 5 Villa Constitucion Montevideo Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 13 Montevideo Freetown Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 5 Freetown Belfast Lough Nov. 27 SL 54 Convoy available at SL 54
(external link)
See also narrative below.
Nov. 30 Belfast Lough Dublin Nov. 30 Independent
1941 Febr. 7 Dublin Holyhead Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 9 Holyhead Liverpool Febr. 10 Independent
March 8 Liverpool OB 295 For Halifax.
Dispersed March 14.
Convoy available at OB 295
(external link)
March 14 Dispersed from OB 295 Halifax March 27 Independent
March 29 Halifax Boston Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 13 Boston Halifax Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 19 Halifax Loch Ewe May 8 SC 29
May 10 Loch Ewe Methil May 12 WN 125 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 13 Methil Hull May 14 FS 488 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 31 Hull Oban June 5 EC 27 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 1
June 5 Oban OG 64 For Sydney, CB.
Detached June 12.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
June 12 Detached from OG 64 Sydney, C.B. June 19 Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived damaged
June 19 Sydney, C.B. St. John, N.B. June 22 Independent
July 20 St. John, N.B. Boston July 22 Independent
Aug. 5 Boston Halifax Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 10 Halifax Oban Aug. 28 HX 144
Aug. 29 Oban Methil Sept. 1 WN 174 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 1 Methil Hull Sept. 3 FS 583 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 17 Hull Methil Sept. 19 FN 520 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Sept. 21 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 23 EC 75 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 23 Loch Ewe ON 19 For NYC.
Dispersed Oct. 7.
Oct. 7 Dispersed from ON 19 New York City Oct. 13 Independent
Nov. 4 New York City Sydney, C.B. Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 10 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Nov. 25 SC 54
Nov. 28 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 30 WN 211 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 1 Methil Hull Dec. 4 FS 662 A. Hague says:
After collision Dec. 2.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 24 Hull Methil Dec. 27 FN 588 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 30 Methil Loch Ewe Jan. 2-1942 EN 26 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
1942 Jan. 5 Loch Ewe ON 53 For NYC.
Dispersed Jan. 19.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Jan. 19 Dispersed from ON 53 Halifax Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 26 Halifax Baltimore Jan. 30 Independent
Febr. 14 Baltimore Halifax Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 22 Halifax Loch Ewe March 9 SC 71
March 10 Loch Ewe Methil* March 13 WN 256 *Arrived Leith, March 13,
on to Methil, March 16
(Page 2).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 19* Methil Middlesbrough March 19 FS 754 *Page 2 gives departure March 17.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 3 Middlesbrough Methil June 4 FN 724 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 6 Methil Loch Ewe June 8 EN 94 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 9 Loch Ewe ON 102 For Hampton Roads.
Detached June 25.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 25 Detached from ON 102 New York City June 28 Independent
July 1 New York City Hampton Roads July 2 Independent
July 16 Hampton Roads New York City July 18 Independent
July 21 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
July 22 Cape Cod Bay Halifax July 24 BX 30 To Sydney, C.B.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 28 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 30 HS 35 Collided with and sank Ferdinand Bol
(see narrative below & this report).
Aslo, HS 35
(external link)
Aug. 23 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Aug. 25 SH 37 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Halifax Belfast Lough Sept. 20 SC 99 See also narrative below
Sept. 20 Belfast Lough Milford Haven Sept. 21 BB 222 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 Milford Haven Southampton Sept. 24 WP 222 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Oct. 9 Solent Portland Oct. 9 PW 230 See also Page 3
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Oct. 11 Portland Falmouth Oct. 12 PW 231 Via Dartmouth
(Page 3).
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 5 Falmouth Swansea Dec. 6 PW 258 Convoy available via link above
Dec. 14 Swansea Milford Haven Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 17 Milford Haven ON 154 Again, see also Page 3
Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; several Norwegian ships took part.

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like Norse King was in Dublin when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 (see also Torleiv Sandseth's story). She had arrived there from Havana on Apr. 7, leaving again on May 7, arriving Barry on May 8 and now appears to have remained there for quite some time; departure Barry is given as July 22.

Norse King rescued 4 men from a lifeboat from the British Bradfyne from Convoy SC 11 on Nov. 25-1940 and took them to Belfast - ref. external link below (see also Bruse and Salonica). Note that Norse King was not herself in Convoy SC 11, but is listed as sailing in Convoy SL 54, which had departed Freetown on Nov. 4; Norse King arrived Belfast Lough on Nov. 27, cargo of wheat. The external website that I've linked to within the Voyage Record has more info on this convoy, in which the Norwegian Evita and Lincoln Ellsworth also took part. It'll be noticed when going back to the archive document that Norse King subsequently spent quite a long time in Dublin again, where she had arrived from Belfast Lough on Nov. 30. The document states she arrived Holyhead on Febr. 8-1941 and according to A. Hague, she had left Dublin the day before.

From Holyhead, she proceeded to Liverpool on Febr. 9, remaining there for almost a month, before joining Convoy OB 295, which left Liverpool on March 8-1941 and dispersed on the 14th, Norse King arriving Halifax on March 27. John P. Pedersen, Topdalsfjord and Tungsha are also listed in this convoy. Norse King headed back to the U.K. on Apr. 19 with the slow Convoy SC 29 from Halifax, cargo of pig iron and scrap iron for Hull, station 52 - escorts' reports are also available for this convoy. In June that same year, she's listed in Convoy OG 64, originating in Liverpool on June 4. This was a Gibraltar bound convoy, which arrived there on June 18, but Norse King was bound for Sydney, C.B., so left the convoy to proceed to that destination, where she arrived June 19 (having started out from Oban on June 5, according to Page 1). A. Hague says she arrived damaged, but I have no further details on this. OG 64 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, please see the page listing ships in all OG convoys. Gudvin, Kos VII, Kos X, Kos XI, Kos XII, Lisbeth, Loke and Ranella are also named. From Sydney, C.B., Norse King continued to St. John, N.B. the next day, with arrival June 22, remaining there for almost a month before continuing to Boston on July 20. Perhaps repairs had been necessary?

From Boston, she later proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 144 to the U.K. on Aug. 10, along with Polartank, Orwell, Hallanger, Eidanger, Havprins, Grena, Evanger, Suderøy, Vinland, Ranja and Sommerstad. Norse King returned to the U.S. the following month with Convoy ON 19, bound for New York, where she arrived on Oct. 13, the convoy having been dispersed on Oct. 7. On Nov. 10 we find her in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 54, general cargo for Hull. Eglantine and Montbretia are named among the escorts. According to A. Hague's record above Norse King was involved in a collision before she reached her destination. This took place on Dec. 2 while in Convoy FS 662 which had left Methil on Dec. 1 (external link - incomplete listing), but the colliding ship is not named. Norse King arrived Hull on Dec. 5, according to Page 2 (departure Hull is given as Dec. 24).

At the beginning of 1942 she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 53*, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 2 and dispersed on the 19th, Norse King arriving Halifax on Jan. 25 (she had joined from Loch Ewe). Carrier (returned), Hallfried and Torvanger are also listed. Norse King's destination was initially New York, but she instead headed to Baltimore, with arrival Jan. 30. The following month she's listed among the ships in Convoy SC 71 from Halifax, bound for Leith and Hull with a general cargo, arriving Leith (via Loch Ewe) on March 13. As will be seen when going back to Page 2, she subsequently spent a lot of time in Middlesbrough. She had arrived there on March 19 and departure is given as June 3 - the reason for this long stay is not known. Together with Ada, Bernhard, Boreas, Grey County, Inger Elisabeth, Ingerfire, Para, Rena, Rio Branco, Solitaire, Trolla and Vest, she's now included in the westbound Convoy ON 102*, originating in Liverpool June 9, arriving Halifax on the 25th. Norse King, however, was bound for Hampton Roads, where she arrived (via New York) on July 2, having again joined from Loch Ewe.

On July 29-1942, while in Convoy HS 35 from Halifax to Sydney, C.B., Norse King collided with the Dutch freighter Ferdinand Bol (both ships were scheduled to join Convoy SC 94 from Sydney, C.B. to the U.K., which lost several ships). More details on this collision are available on this page. The Dutch ship sank, while Norse King reached Sydney, C.B. on July 30. According to Page 3, she did not leave again until Aug. 23, so may have needed repairs. She was scheduled for the Sydney portion of Convoy SC 97 that day (Bronxville was sunk - follow link for details), but instead proceeded to Halifax, where she joined Convoy SC 99 on Sept. 5, arriving Belfast Lough on Sept. 20.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys.

More info on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here is available via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
The attack on Bradfyne

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Having made some voyages around the U.K., Norse King left Belfast Lough in Convoy ON 154 on Dec. 19-1942 with a cargo of 5400 tons coal for Boston. One of the responses to a query I posted to my Ship Forum states that she had left Swansea Dec. 14, arrived Milford Haven the next day, departed on the 17th for Belfast Lough where she arrived the following day, then left for Boston - again, see also Page 3 and Hague's Voyage Record above. The convoy consisted of 45 (49?) ships escorted by a Canadian destroyer and 5 corvettes. ON 154, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 18 and arrived New York Jan. 12-1943, will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, the ships sailing in it are named on this page. Fana, James Hawson, Norhauk, Ramø, Ravnefjell, Veni and Vest are also listed.

More than 20 U-boats assembled for attack. Between Dec. 27th and Dec. 29 a great number of ships went down and 1 U-boat (U-356) was sunk. According to the book "Ravnefjell", written by the mate/radio operator on that ship, Peder Kr. Nilsen, Norse King had been ordered to take on the role of rescue ship, after the designated rescue vessel Toward had taken on board as many as 164 survivors from the various torpedoed ships, and for safety reasons was ordered by the Commodore to refrain from further rescue work (probably on Dec. 27); see also my text for Ravnefjell and Fana.

Norse King, in station 112 of the convoy, was herself hit in the evening of the 28th by a torpedo from U-591 (Zetzsche), and damaged in position 43 27N 27 15W. The crew was picked up by the escort, which stayed close to the ship, and when it appeared to be repairable the crew rowed on board again, started the engine and headed for the Azores. D/S Veni indicated the next morning that she had seen Norse King in position 43 35 (25?)N 27 18W with a speed of 6 knots and her boats swung out. That was the last seen of her and her crew (some sources say 38 were on board, others 35). One of my Norwegian sources says that according to German reports Norse King was torpedoed again that same day (Dec. 29) by U-435 (Strelow), and then shelled. These reports say nothing about the Norwegian crew (the U-boat also went down half a year later; U-591 was also sunk that summer). With regard to the final sinking of Norse King, says (external link): "At 15.07 hours on 29 December, U-435 hit the Norse King with one torpedo and began shelling the vessel after 15.43 hours with over 100 rounds, but the ship remained afloat and had to be sunk by a coup de grâce at 16.24 hours".

If the statement that Norse King was assigned as rescue ship is correct, I'm wondering whether she also might have had some rescued seamen from other ships on board at the time she was sunk? This might explain the differing numbers found in various sources. The Stavern Memorial has 30 Norwegians listed, but I believe one of them is listed twice, leaving us with 29. Barbara Mumford (see the link to her website below) names 37 all total, and she has also received a list that originated from the Norwegian State Archives with a total of 35 names, all crew (28 Norwegians, the rest of other nationality).

Arnold Hague's "The Allied Convoy System" claims that Norse King was torpedoed and sunk by U-225 and U-435 on Dec. 29, while J. Rohwer agrees with the U-boats and dates in my text above. Here is a response to a query I posted on's forum (external links). U-225 was involved in the attacks on this convoy and torpedoed several ships, but Norse King was not among them (ref. external links provided below). Rohwer lists the Norwegian Ingerfem among the stragglers from ONS 154, but as will be seen when following the link to my page about this ship, she was in Convoy ONS 156, or ON 156 to be correct. Technically the term ONS is incorrect, it should be ON 154 and ON 156, as the ONS series didn't start until March-1943 (with ONS 1), but the slower convoys were often referred to as ONS before that time.

I could write more about this battle, but the external websites that I've linked to at the end of this page has already done so much better than I ever could. Please follow the links for a lot more information, especially Barbara & Gordon Mumford's website.

Crew List - No survivors:
Initially from Barbara & Gordon Mumford's website (with permission). Part of her list came from the Stavern Memorial. I have since compared it with what can be found in "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", and adjusted the names accordingly. These men were Norwegian, unless otherwise noted.

1st Engineer Bjørnstad had also experienced the sinking of Helle. Later joined Ophir (see also this external page).


Lorentz Tvedt

1st Mate
Konrad Næss

2nd Mate
Kim Schrøder

3rd Mate
Svein Bottolfsen

Radio Operator
Robert Hugh
(Essex, England
age 25)

Radio Operator
Knut K.

Bjarne Sundfær

Hans H. Lande

Able Seaman
Tor M.P. Søreng

Able Seaman
Erik Johansen
(Marstal, Denmark)

Able Seaman
Henry J. Olsen

Able Seaman
Gustav Larsen

Able Seaman
Torleif Steen

Able Seaman
Jonny Pettersen

Able Seaman
Frederick Valentine
(Chiswick, England
age 24)

Able Seaman
Svein Røvik

Ordinary Seaman

Ordinary Seaman
Terrence Forde*
Tredegar, Wales
[or Somerset?]
age 22)

Ordinary Seaman
Alf Halnes**

1st Engineer
Harald Bjørnstad

2nd Engineer
Håvard Hansen

3rd Engineer
Olav O. Klepp

Tønnes P. Meling

Ingar Gullsten
(listed as Steward
at Stavern)

Olav Jacobsen

Halvor Skau

Karl Ivar Delingsrud

Leif Steinsund

Lars P. Thomassen

Gustav Norenes

Bjørn Olsen

Hilmar Helland

Kaare M. Jensen

Galley Boy
Douglas Frederick
London - age 16)

Walter S. May*
(British - age 16)

Russel Barry*
(Plymouth, England
age 18)

Kenneth V. J.
(British - Age 22)

* These men, except Kenneth Deacon, are commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 73 - they can be found by entering each name in the relevant search field on The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website, entering WW II and 1942 in the other fields to narrow the search (external link). Kenneth Deacon is commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.

** There's also an Alf Holmes commemorated at the Stavern Memorial. In the list that originated from The Norwegian State Archives, consisting of only 35 names (28 Norwegian) with the spelling of some of the names slightly different, Lars Thomassen and Alf Holmes are not included. I believe Alf Holmes and Alf Halnes are one and the same person. They are both included at the Stavern Memorial but, although they don't have the same birthdates, there could have been a mix up here. Barbara has listed the father of Alf Holnes/Halnes as Sigvald Holnos, which is probably a misspelling of Halnes in the original source (or vice/versa). In fact, I've now looked up Alf Halnes in "Våre falne", a series of 4 books listing Norwegians who died in WW II, and find that his father is listed as Sigvald Halnes. There is no Alf Holmes listed in these books, but Lars Thomassen is indeed included, said to have perished on Norse King.

Related external links
Stavern Memorial commemorations - 30 Norwegians are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway, but as mentioned I believe one of them is listed twice. The site says that 35 died in all.

ONS 154 Memorials - Names of those lost from the ships in this convoy, including Norse King, a section of Barbara & Gordon Mumford's website Battle of the Atlantic - Convoy ONS 154 which describes the battle in great detail. The list also names the next of kin of the casualties and has info on memorials. This page has more information on the escorts for ON 154.

ONS-154, 26-30 Dec 1942
U-591 | Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche
U-435 | Siegfried Strelow

Ships attacked by U-225

There's a book about ONS 154 entitled "The convoy that nearly died" by Henry Revely - available from among others.

Back to Norse King on the "Ships starting with N" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume II, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and misc. others for cross checking facts as named within the above text - ref. Sources/Books.


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